The Finals

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

A few quick thoughts:


1.) I'm really happy for Jason Kidd. It's always cool to see the old guys get one.

2.) I'm really happy for Dirk. I hate to see great players go down with the "can't win it all" tag.

3.) It's interesting how much the racial politics have changed. In the '80s, we were very aware that Larry Bird was white and Magic Johnson was black and it meant something. In this series, it felt like a lot a people simply that LeBron was arrogant.

Maybe it's the crowd I'm hanging with. Or maybe it's because Dirk's game doesn't fit with the notion of the moderately talented, scrappy, white guy image. (A myth in and of itself. Bird was talented as fuck.) Or maybe it's that he isn't American.

Or maybe it's, as I hope, that most of don't much care.

Consider this open for all Finals conversation.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/the-finals/240354/